A wanted criminal was given a lenient sentence of just 12 years after carrying out a string of robberies. The magistrate looked at his personal circumstance like the fact that he had children when he sentenced him.
Eugene Thapelo Lebona robbed many houses and would make his victims lie on the ground with a gun to their heads, most probably terrified while he ransacked their homes.
He was sentenced in the Pretoria Regional Court to 93 years in prison in 2019. However the magistrate said that he has three children and his trial took five years to conclude. He also said he didn't harm any of his victims (does pyschological trauma count?) So the magistrate decided that he should serve 12 years of his 93 year sentence.
The prosecution was not pleased with this decision and turned to the High Court. Two judges who handled the appeal have increased his sentence to 117 years and he has to serve 18 years.
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